Rylie's Blog Post

Microbead thoughts by There is No Away intern and high school senior: Rylie Neely

*You're probably up to speed on President Obama's 2015 signing of the the ban on microbeads.

Or as you call it "H.R 1321"


July 1, 2017 - Ban on manufacturing of products containing microbeads takes effect.

July 1, 2018 - Ban on sale of products containing microbeads takes effect.

Thanks Obama.  (no seriously, thanks)

Rylie and I were talking, and what's all up in our craw are the 871 days (as of this posting) BEFORE those absurd products are no longer on the shelves (estimated that a single tube of face wash can contain 300,000 microbeads). 

You know how long those microbeads (that wash down  drain and out to sea) will be out there wreaking havoc in the ocean?  For like EVER. 

Here's what a certain informed 17 year old had to say about it:

photo courtesy of 5Gyres

photo courtesy of 5Gyres

So PLEASE read those face wash and toothpaste labels - Crest, Neutrogena, Aveeno, Clearasil, Olay, Garnier, Bath and Body Works, Clinique, Proactiv, Clean and Clear (to name a few) have trillions of microbeads they're looking to unload (courtesy of you) before that ban goes into effect. In just 871 more days.